The Norman Transcript


December 8, 2013

Sooners make an amazing claim of a most unlikely Bedlam

STILLWATER — On the day Blake Bell became a two-time Bedlam hero, there was little sense to be made of his past struggles. He couldn’t, anyway.

“That’s just one of those things,” he said.

It’s hard to figure.

How could Bell, who took a dive after beating Notre Dame, come in cold — really cold — after Trevor Knight was injured and Kendal Thompson struggled to throw against a Cowboy defense stacked to stop the run and play the best pressure football of his life?

It’s hard to figure.

Also, don’t bother.

Who cares?

If last season’s overtime classic was Bedlam at it’s best, this was Bedlam at its most unlikely. This was Bedlam turned on its head. This was Bedlam defying everything that we thought we knew. This was Bedlam, for crying out loud, where even the loser’s first thought was the magnificence of the moment.

“That was a heck of a football game,” offered Mike Gundy with the first eight words of his post game presser.

The Sooners prevailed 33-24 and they earned every bit of it. Also, they’ll probably never win another game the same way nor ever play another game in which so much happened.

Bedlam, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

In the same game, OU played three different quarterbacks, called upon four different players to throw a pass, put on a goal-line stand that left OSU striking out three times from inside the 3 and twice from the 1, scored on a punt return, a fake field goal and a fumble return and led in time of possession by almost 10 minutes even while it was the other team that mounted three scoring drives in excess of 80 yards and one of 99.

Among Bell’s 140 passing yards, 57 were delivered from the Sooner end zone to Sterling Shepard, all of it after Bell didn’t see the snap coming, yet maintained his composure well enough to grab the ball and take advantage of the time his offensive line afforded.

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